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2012 Iron Butt Ride

Rock’n Me

“I went from Phoenix, Arizona all the way to Tacoma/Philadelphia, Atlanta, L.A./Northern California where the girls are warm/So I could be with my sweet baby, yeah”

(Steve Miller Band)

 

No gang, don’t get excited. We are not going to Phoenix and then to Tacoma… at least not this year. It is hard to believe that this is the fourth year we have done this. In 2009 we went to Weed, CA. In 2010 we went to Winslow, AZ and last year we did the Sierra Circle going from Bakersfield to Barstow, Pahrump, Hawthorne, Reno, Sacramento and home again in one day.

Last year was a really nice trip. Usually everyone travels on their own schedule but last year we had a group of well matched riders that pretty much stayed together the whole ride. It was a joy traveling all day with people who had the same speed capabilities and bladder capacities. We all stopped and fueled and ate together and had a great time.

Realizing that the compatibility of the participating riders will probably never be that well matched again, this year, for the first time, you will be traveling with at least one buddy. Your team will set their own schedule and determine their stops. Start talking to your friends, choose your partners, come up with a team name and be ready to roll at 0600 hours on Saturday, June 23rd, 2012. We do not want to be wasting time at the beginning of the run deciding who is going with whom so have that decided in advance.

Understand not everyone is capable of doing this ride. You may be one who is not ready or your bike is not dependable or powerful enough do this ride. Because of your inadequacies don’t ruin someone else’s ride. If you have any doubts about you or your bikes capabilities, stay home. If you can’t find a partner, stay home. Iron Butt riding is not recommended for novice riders. There are things we can’t control but the things we can control we need to take care of, so choose your partner wisely. If someone asks to go with you and you don’t want to ride with them tell them no. This little two-letter word is probably the most valuable option we have at our disposal. Don’t be afraid to use it.

The tentative plan is to go to Phoenix AZ and back in 24 hours. I have not heard if Steve Miller will be joining us or not, but you are welcome anyway. We do know it will be warm, so be prepared. The official starting point address for those certifying their ride is the Shell Station east of BHD at 35184 Merle Haggard Drive, Bakersfield, CA, 93308. We will take 58 east to Barstow, then catch I-40 to Needles. At Needles we will take US 95 South to Blythe, CA. At Blythe we will head east on I-10 to 13095 W. Rancho Santa Fe Blvd, Avondale, AZ 85392. If one is planning on getting gas in Blythe at the Chevron station the Harley Davidson Ride planner shows a round trip of around 1,022 miles.

The 1000-Mile Day is an instant, an eternity, a moment, a memory, a day in your life, where time and distance become lost forgotten concepts. It is a day when you can leave it all behind and melt into the horizon, where all the land is but a fuzzy image in your mirrors constant & fading. Long-Distance Riding is a sport within a sport for a select group of riders. We would venture to say it’s even somewhat addictive. Not for everyone, but once you get a taste for the sensation of distance…

Contemplating traveling 1,000 miles in 24 hours on a motorcycle causes the reader to have one of two reactions. How can I do that? Or, no way!!! One has no trouble grasping the idea of climbing into a cylindrical object, much like a roll of toilet paper, sitting down and being hurled through the atmosphere to travel 1,000 miles, but the idea of going outside to your driveway, sitting down on a magical chair and spending the day observing the sunrise, smells, sights and experiences that will be remembered the rest of one’s life is foreign to most.

As with all great things the trigger that causes success in any endeavor is curiosity. I salute you for reading this far because once you become curious the wheels start turning and the question gnaws in your mind until the answer unfolds. Also required in the success of any mission is planning. Hopefully this article will arouse your curiosity and provide a blueprint for your ride.

Thorough planning for this ride will leave one with a joyous expectation of the ride with successful results while poor planning will yield frustration, anger, and quite possibly death. Now that we have covered the disclaimers, let’s get on with eating the elephant.

Let’s break down the ride a little; the first part is going 500 miles. The second part is coming back. Let’s look at the first half. Assuming one’s tank has a range of at least 180-miles, one starts with a full tank and burns that off. They stop, fuel, and burn that tank off. Then they fuel again and burn that tank off. Presto you have just completed your five hundred miles! So the question is can you ride 180 Miles? Can you do it three times? If your tank has a range of 125-miles you would fill it three times after you start.

There will never be any external pressure from any one else to make you succeed. So travel the first tank, see how you feel, fill it up and burn off the second tank. If you are feeling good, fill it up and continue on. With victory in sight, this decision to continue after filling here will be the critical one. Knowing that you will succeed after burning off the third tank is gratifying. Some may say; but what about the other 500 miles? Well, you made it here didn’t you? This is the Iron Butt, not a McDonalds run. Quit your whining and now go home.

That is the entire psychology of eating this elephant. Leave with a full tank, fill up twice more, and then go home. That is all there is to it. Can you do that?

Sounds simple doesn’t it? But there are a few other things we need to consider. The first is time. Let’s look at how time affects the ride. Assuming one was to average 65 mph one would have seat time of 15.38 hours. (1,000 / 65 mph = 15.38 hours) If one averages 75 mph one will have seat time of 13.33 hours. If one averages 80 mph they will have seat time of 12.5 hours.

We will be leaving at 6:00 A.M. add your choice of the above times and that theoretically will be the time you get home. This does not include any time for fueling, eating, or potty breaks. It is better to travel constantly at your comfortable speed and minimize the time spent on stops rather than go like the devil and have poor stop management. This increases fuel usage which causes one to stop more often, wasting more time. One has to balance the needs of the bike with the needs of the rider. Ideally it would be most efficient to fuel, intake nourishment and liquids while relieving themselves, all at the same time. Hopefully your planning will not demand such desperation.

Since we know the bike will need to stop at certain intervals, it will be most efficient if the rider can time their needs to correspond with the needs of the bike. The primary way to do this is through fluid intake management. Unless you have a catheter installed, you will need to stay hydrated while yet being able to wait until the next fuel stop to relieve yourself. Remember every second that is not spent moving is a second longer it will take to get home. Careless attention to stop management will destroy your ride.

Next we should consider fatigue. Early in the ride is the greatest opportunity to make time. While in no way advocating one break the speed limit, early in the morning is an opportune time to eat up the miles. There probably will be a slight tailwind heading east and another tailwind heading south out of Needles. Any head wind will cause additional fatigue as well as decrease your mileage. Expect it and adjust accordingly. Remember the sun will be in your face most of the day and it is brutal when combined with the wind from punching a hole through 1,000 miles of air. Travel at your comfortable cruising speed.

Although we will be leaving at the same time it is imperative that we do not have 40 bikes traveling and stopping together. If we were all to stop for gas at the same time and location it would take an hour for all of us to fuel and use the restroom. Because of tank and bladder differences, we may have 40 riders traveling the same direction but we will each have our own ride plan. As the day progresses there will be times when we pass each other and perhaps there will be times when we are traveling alone. Enjoy the freedom of being able to choose how you execute your plan. Some riders will spend an hour for lunch. Some may be planning on making it a two-day trip. You do not want to be riding with them if you are planning to do this in one day. Some may be trying to do 1,500 miles in 24-hours. Do not be intimidated or influenced by the behavior of others. Remember the tortoise and the hare. Stick to your plan.

If you are planning on having your ride certified by the IRON BUTT ASSOCIATION please go to http://www.ironbutt.com/ridecerts/getdocument.cfm?DocID=1 Here you will find the rules and requirements to qualify for the Saddle Sore 1,000. The gas receipt showing the time, date and address of your first gas purchase is the official starting time and address from which your ride will be measured. For more information on the IRON BUTT ASSOCIATION please go to http://www.ironbutt.com/about/default.cfm  

 The most important thing you can do to insure this will be an enjoyable adventure is to develop a plan, in writing, that allows for contingencies. Start by determining what the range of the tank on your bike is and go from there. In your plan include a realistic time schedule for the entire day including stops. This will help keep you on track. If you see you are falling behind schedule relax and adjust your schedule. This trip is not worth your life. Go to the Harley Davidson ride planner website to develop your plan. http://www.harley-davidson.com/wcm/Content/Pages/Ride_Planner/Ride_Planner.jsp?locale=en_US&request_key=-2099334245&bmLocale=en_US Once you are at the map hit the fuel symbol at the top of the page and the Shell stations will be displayed on the map. To find Chevron station locations go to: http://www.chevron.com/products/ourStations/stationfinder/

Expect your plan to change as the day wears on and prepare for contingencies such as a flat, mechanical trouble and a motel should you decide to call it a day. DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS TRIP UNLESS YOU HAVE SOME TYPE OF ROAD SERVICE PLAN. Have emergency contact numbers with you and carry a cell phone. Take at least a gallon of water. Eat a hearty dinner on Thursday and eat a light dinner on Friday. For additional tips go to, http://www.ironbutt.com/tech/aowprintout.cfm, I look forward to seeing you on the adventure. This is going to be fun!!!

Charlie Klint 

2011 Iron Butt Ride

Welcome to the Sierra Circle

OR

WHAT!!!  Are you nuts?

This year, on June 18th, 2011, the tentative plan is to travel a circle around the Sierras in 24 hours. I have not heard if Jack Bauer will be joining us or not, but you are welcome anyway. Contemplating traveling 1,000 miles in 24 hours on a motorcycle causes the reader to have one of two reactions. How would I do that? Or, the second title comes to mind. One has no trouble grasping the idea of climbing into a cylindrical object, much like a roll of toilet paper, sitting down and being hurled through the atmosphere to travel 1,000 miles, but the idea of going outside to your driveway, sitting down on a magical chair and spending the day observing the sunrise, smells, sights and experiences that will be remembered the rest of one’s life is foreign to most.

As with all great things the trigger that causes success in any endeavor is curiosity. I salute you for reading this far because once you become curious the wheels start turning and the question gnaws in your mind until the answer unfolds. Also required in the success of any mission is planning. Hopefully this article will arouse your curiosity and provide a blueprint for your magic carpet ride.

Thorough planning for this ride will leave one with a joyous expectation of the ride with successful results. Poor planning will yield frustration, anger, and quite possibly death. Now that we have covered the disclaimers, let’s get on with eating the elephant.

Let’s break down the ride a little; the first part is going 500 miles. The second part is coming back. Let’s look at the first half. Assuming one’s tank has a range of at least 170-miles, one starts with a full tank and burns that off. They stop, fuel, and burn that tank off. Then they fuel again and burn that tank off. Presto you have just completed your five hundred miles! So the question is can you ride 170 Miles? Can you do it three times? If your tank has a range of 125-miles you would fill it three times after you start.

There will never be any external pressure from any one else to make you succeed. So travel the first tank, see how you feel, fill it up and burn off the second tank. If you are feeling good, fill it up and continue on. With victory in sight, this decision to continue after filling here will be the critical one. Knowing that you will succeed after burning off the third tank is gratifying. Some may say; but what about the other 500 miles? Well, you made it here didn’t you? This is the Iron Butt, not a McDonalds run. Quit your belly-aching and now go home.

That is the entire psychology of eating this elephant. Leave with a full tank, fill up twice more, and then go home. That is all there is to it. Can you do that?

Sounds simple doesn’t it? But there are a few other things we need to consider. The first is time. Let’s look at how time affects the ride. Assuming one was to average 65 mph one would have seat time of 15.38 hours. (1,000 / 65 mph = 15.38 hours) If one averages 75 mph one will have seat time of 13.33 hours. If one averages 80 mph they will have seat time of 12.5 hours.

We will be leaving at 6:00 A.M. add your choice of the above times and that theoretically will be the time you get home. This does not include any time for fueling, eating, or potty breaks. It is better to travel constantly at your comfortable speed and minimize the time spent on stops rather than go like the devil and have poor stop management. This increases fuel usage which causes one to stop more often, wasting more time. One has to balance the needs of the bike with the needs of the rider. Ideally it would be most efficient to fuel, intake nourishment and liquids while relieving themselves, all at the same time. Hopefully your planning will not demand such desperation.

Since we know the bike will need to stop at certain intervals, it will be most efficient if the rider can time their needs to correspond with the needs of the bike. The primary way to do this is through fluid intake management. Unless you have a catheter installed, you will need to stay hydrated while yet being able to wait until the next fuel stop to relieve yourself. Remember every second that is not spent moving is a second longer it will take to get home. Careless attention to stop management will destroy your ride.

Next we should consider fatigue. Early in the ride is the greatest opportunity to make time. While in no way advocating one break the speed limit, early in the morning is an opportune time to eat up the miles. There probably will be a slight tailwind heading east and another tailwind heading south out of Sacramento. Any head wind will cause additional fatigue as well as decrease your mileage. Expect it and adjust accordingly. Remember the sun will be in your face most of the day and it is brutal when combined with the wind from punching a hole through 1,000 miles of air. Travel at your comfortable cruising speed.

Although we will be leaving at the same time it is imperative that we do not have 40 bikes traveling and stopping together. If we were all to stop for gas at the same time and location it would take an hour for all of us to fuel and use the restroom. Because of tank and bladder differences, we may have 40 riders traveling the same direction but we will each have our own ride plan. As the day progresses there will be times when we pass each other and perhaps there will be times when we are traveling alone. Enjoy the freedom of being able to choose how you execute your plan. Some riders will spend an hour for lunch. Join them if that is in your plan as well. Some may be planning on making it a two-day trip. You do not want to be riding with them if you are planning to do this in one day. Some may be trying to do 1,500 miles in 24-hours. Do not be intimidated or influenced by the behavior of others. Remember the tortoise and the hare. Stick to your plan.

If you are planning on having your ride certified by the IRON BUTT ASSOCIATION please go to http://www.ironbutt.com/ridecerts/getdocument.cfm?DocID=1 Here you will find the rules and requirements to qualify for the Saddle Sore 1,000. The gas receipt showing the time, date and address of your first gas purchase is the official starting time and address from which your ride will be measured. The official starting point address for those certifying their ride is the Shell Station east of BHD at 35184 Merle Haggard Drive, Bakersfield, CA, 93308. Our route will be 58, east to Barstow, Interstate 15 east to Baker, north on 127 to Shoshone, 178 east to Pahrump, Nevada, 160 north to 95. Go north on 95 through Beatty, Tonopah and Fallon. Take 50 west to Fernley then continue west on 80 through Reno, over Donner Pass and coast on in to Sacramento. Catch 99 south set the cruise control and float on back to the gas station we started at. Fill it up, and your receipt will mark your closing time. This year’s ride will be about 1,092.3 miles. For more information on the IRON BUTT ASSOCIATION please go to http://www.ironbutt.com/about/default.cfm

 

The most important thing you can do to insure this will be an enjoyable adventure is to develop a plan, in writing, that allows for contingencies. Start by determining what the range of the tank on your bike is and go from there. In your plan include a realistic time schedule for the entire day including stops. This will help keep you on track. If you see you are falling behind schedule relax and adjust your schedule. This trip is not worth your life. Go to the Harley Davidson ride planner website to develop your plan. http://www.harley-davidson.com/wcm/Content/Pages/Ride_Planner/Ride_Planner.jsp?locale=en_US&request_key=-2099334245&bmLocale=en_US Once you are at the map hit the fuel symbol at the top of the page and the Shell stations will be displayed on the map. To find Chevron station locations go to: http://www.chevron.com/products/ourStations/stationfinder/

Expect your plan to change as the day wears on and prepare for contingencies such as a flat, mechanical trouble and a motel should you decide to call it a day. DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS TRIP UNLESS YOU HAVE SOME TYPE OF ROAD SERVICE PLAN. Have emergency contact numbers with you and carry a cell phone. Take at least a gallon of water. Eat a hearty dinner on Thursday and eat a light dinner on Friday. For additional tips go to, http://www.ironbutt.com/tech/aowprintout.cfm, I look forward to seeing you on the adventure. Who knows, maybe we will do it again on Million Mile Monday. This is going to be fun!!!

Charlie Klint

2010 Iron Butt Ride – June 19, 2010 (part 2)

Welcome to the

TAKE IT EASY RIDE

One year ago many were considering doing a 1,000 mile ride in 24-hours. Through curiosity, planning, preparation and hard work more than 20 riders from Bakersfield HOG succeeded in accomplishing their goal. Originally the plan was to go to Phoenix and back, but that was changed. Some riders went to Ely, Nevada; some went to Weed, California. All Iron Butters, (sounds like a candy bar) were successful in their efforts. I am proud of those who made the effort. Unless one has completed this goal, they have no idea of the fullness and satisfaction that comes from a full day in the saddle. Coming home dirty, sore, worn out from riding their iron horse, yet inspired by their accomplishment, is rewarding. If you talk to any of the riders from last year about their ride, you will notice an immediate smile. To see what Bob Parsons at Go Daddy has to say visit:

http://www.bobparsons.me/video/214/how-grow-steel-balls-even-re-woman.html?isc=gdbb1437

The tentative plan this year is to go to Winslow, Arizona. It will be around 544 miles with elevations ranging from 348’ to 7,328’. Plan on bringing a warm coat as temperatures will range from 45 to 110. It ought to be a pleasant trip with the temperature hitting around 90 as we roll into Needles and then cooling down as we gain elevation. The route will be Bakersfield to Barstow then catching I-40 through Needles, Kingman and Flagstaff with the turnaround in Winslow, Arizona. It will be a little warmer in Needles as we return, but again will cool down as we head west and gain elevation. We will be going right by Mother Road Harley-Davidson in Kingman and Grand Canyon Harley-Davidson in Bellemont, Arizona. Some may want to make it a two-day trip with a stop at the Grand Canyon. Based on the weather this destination could change. Please check the Bakersfield HOG website for any updates.

Contemplating traveling 1,000 miles in 24 hours on a motorcycle causes the reader to have one of two reactions. How would I do that? Or, NO WAY!!! One has no trouble grasping the idea of climbing into a cylindrical object, much like a roll of toilet paper, sitting down and being hurled through the atmosphere to travel 1,000 miles, but the idea of going outside to your driveway, sitting down on a magical chair and spending the day observing the sunrise, smells, sights and experiences that will be remembered the rest of one’s life is foreign to most.

As with all great things, the trigger that causes success in any endeavor is curiosity. I salute you for reading this far because once you become curious the wheels start turning and the question gnaws in your mind until the answer unfolds. Last year curiosity caused one rider to complete 1,500 miles in less than 36 hours and another to complete 1,536 miles in less than 24 hours.

Also required in the success of any mission is planning. Hopefully this article will arouse your curiosity and provide a blueprint for your magic carpet ride. Thorough planning for this ride will leave one with a joyous expectation of the ride with successful results. Poor planning will yield frustration, anger, and quite possibly death. Now that we have covered the disclaimers, let’s get on with eating the elephant.

Let’s break down the ride a little; the first part is going 544 miles. The second part is coming back. Let’s look at the first half. Assuming one’s tank has a range of at least 182 miles, one starts with a full tank and burns that off. They stop, fuel, and burn that tank off. Then they fuel again and burn that tank off. Presto you have just completed your five hundred 44 miles! So the question is can you ride 182 Miles? Can you do it three times? If your tank has a range of 130 miles you would fill it three times after you start.

There will never be any external pressure from anyone else to make you succeed. So travel the first tank, see how you feel, fill it up and burn off the second tank. If you are feeling good, fill it up and continue on. With victory in sight, this decision to continue after filling here will be the critical one. Knowing that you will succeed after burning off the third tank is gratifying. Some may say; but what about the other 544 miles? Well, you made it here didn’t you? This is the Iron Butt, not the Delano taco run. Quit your belly-aching and go home.

That is the entire psychology of eating this elephant. Leave with a full tank, fill up twice more, and then go home. That is all there is to it. Can you do that? Sounds simple doesn’t it? But there are a few other things we need to consider. The first is time. Let’s look at how time affects the ride. Assuming one was to average 65 mph one would have seat time of 16.73 hours. (1,088 / 65 mph = 16.73 hours) If one averages 75 mph one will have seat time of 14.50 hours. If one averages 80 mph they will have seat time of 13.6 hours. We will be leaving at 5:00 A.M. add your choice of the above times and that theoretically will be the time you get home. This does not include any time for fueling, eating, or potty breaks. It is better to travel constantly at your comfortable speed and minimize the time spent on stops rather than go like the devil and have poor stop management. This increases fuel usage which causes one to stop more often, wasting more time. One has to balance the needs of the bike with the needs of the rider. Ideally it would be most efficient to fuel, intake nourishment and liquids while relieving themselves, all at the same time. Hopefully your planning will not demand such desperation.

Since we know the bike will need to stop at certain intervals, it will be most efficient if the rider can time their needs to correspond with the needs of the bike. The primary way to do this is through fluid intake management. Unless you have a catheter installed, you will need to stay hydrated while yet being able to wait until the next fuel stop to relieve yourself. Remember every second that is not spent moving is a second longer it will take to get home. Careless attention to stop management will destroy your ride.

Sometimes our mind will confuse dehydration, fatigue and hunger. The first sign of dehydration is fatigue. The effects of dehydration include fatigue, thirst, irritability, general discomfort, headache, weakness, dizziness, vomiting, head or neck heat sensations, nausea, chills, cramping, extremely dry mouth, lips and/or throat, high heart rate, clammy skin or dry skin crusted with dried sweat and a decrease in performance. When one’s brain suffers from poor hydration, mental fogginess, poor short term memory, dizziness, severe headaches and poor balance results. The lack of fluids in your system can also be very detrimental to decision making. When you become dehydrated, your body loses more water than it takes in. Even mild dehydration can cause weakness, dizziness and fatigue. Far more serious is hypovolemic shock, a life-threatening complication of dehydration. It occurs when low blood volume causes a sudden drop in blood pressure and a reduction in the amount of oxygen reaching your tissues. If untreated, severe hypovolemic shock can cause death within a few minutes or hours. Communicate and watch out for symptoms of dehydration and fatigue in other riders. It is better to stop and take a little longer to rest and hydrate now rather than have to wait for an ambulance or attend a funeral. Early in the ride is the greatest opportunity to make time. While in no way advocating one break the speed limit, early in the morning is an opportune time to eat up the miles. There probably will be a slight tailwind heading east and a headwind on the return run. The head wind will cause additional fatigue as well as decrease your mileage. Expect it and adjust accordingly. Expect it to take longer on the return.     As you travel east note fuel stations that are not your designated stops. You may need them on your return run. Remember the sun will be in your face both ways and it is brutal combined with the wind from punching a hole through 1,000 miles of air. Travel at your comfortable cruising speed.   Although we will be leaving at the same time it is imperative that we do not have 40 bikes traveling and stopping together. If we were all to stop for gas at the same time and location it would take an hour for all of us to fuel and use the restroom. Because of tank and bladder differences, we may have 40 riders traveling the same direction but we will each have our own ride plan. As the day progresses there will be times when we pass each other and perhaps there will be times when we are traveling alone. Enjoy the freedom of being able to choose how you execute your plan. Some riders will spend an hour for lunch. Join them if that is in your plan as well. Some may be planning on making it a two-day trip. You do not want to be riding with them if you are planning to do this in one day. Some may be trying to do 1,500 miles in 24 hours. Do not be intimidated or influenced by the behavior of others. Remember the tortoise and the hare. Stick to your plan. If you are planning on having your ride certified by the IRON BUTT ASSOCIATION please go to http://www.ironbutt.com/ridecerts/getdocument.cfm?DocID=1.  Here you will find the rules and requirements to qualify for the Saddle Sore 1,000. The gas receipt showing the time, date and address of your first gas purchase is the official starting time and address from which your ride will be measured. The official starting point address for those certifying their ride is the Shell station east of BHD at 35238 7th Standard Rd, Bakersfield, California. The tentative plan this year is to go to Winslow, Arizona. The 544.8-mile turnaround point will be at the Chevron station, 2001 N. Park Drive, Winslow, Arizona. For more information on the IRON BUTT ASSOCIATION please go to http://www.ironbutt.com/about/default.cfm The most important thing you can do to insure this will be an enjoyable adventure is to develop a plan, in writing, that allows for contingencies. Start by determining what the range of the tank on your bike is and go from there. In your plan include a realistic time schedule for the entire day including stops. This will help keep you on track. If you see you are falling behind schedule relax and adjust your schedule. This trip is not worth your life. Go to the Harley Davidson ride planner website to develop your plan.

http://www.harley-davidson.com/wcm/Content/Pages/Ride_Planner/Ride_Planner.jsp?locale=en_US

Once you are at the map hit the fuel symbol at the top of the page and the Shell stations will be displayed on the map. To find Chevron station locations go to http://www.chevron.com/products/ourStations/stationfinder/

Expect your plan to change as the day wears on and prepare for contingencies such as a flat, mechanical trouble and a motel should you decide to call it a day. DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS TRIP UNLESS YOU HAVE SOME TYPE OF ROAD SERVICE PLAN. Have emergency contact numbers with you and carry a cell phone. Take at least a gallon of water. Eat a hearty dinner on Thursday and eat a light dinner on Friday. For additional tips go to http://www.ironbutt.com/tech/aowprintout.cfm

On Saturday, June 19, 2010, at 5:00 AM, riders will sign in with Ben Patten at the Shell station east of BHD. Please hand Ben any required releases as well as the name, phone number and address of the person you would like to have notified in case of an emergency. When you check in Ben will provide you with his cell phone number and record your odometer reading, cell phone number and the time you leave. Call Ben when you reach your turnaround point, where ever that may be, and provide your odometer reading. Call Ben again when you arrive home with your odometer reading.

June 19, 2010 will come and go. You will spend those 24 hours doing something. Why not invest that time creating memories that will boost your confidence and bring a smile to your face every time you think about them?

I am anxiously counting the days and looking forward to this adventure. This is so addictive you will want to do it over and over and over again! Break those imaginary shackles, feel alive like never before, come ride with us. This is going to be fun!!!


Ride far. Ride fast.

Charlie Klint


Bakersfield HOG Members Programs

PRIDE PATCH PROGRAM
Bakersfield HOG Chapter 1580 has implemented a HOG Chapter Pride Patch program to allow members to earn a very nice patch for their vests.  HOG took the logo from our sponsor, Bakersfield Harley-Davidson and made it into a quality patch that says “HOG CHAPTER PRIDE.”

Members earn this patch by participating in HOG events, volunteering and going on Chapter rides.  Along with the patch, members can earn an additional 5% discount on the standard 10% discount members receive for attending general meetings.  This additional discount happens when the member reaches 10 points towards the patch, again at 15 points towards the patch and upon completion of the requirements for the Chapter Pride Patch.

We have issued 25 chapter Pride Patches to members and some members have earned a subsequent yearly rocker because they fulfilled the Pride Patch requirements two years in a row.

Our HOG Chapter Pride Patch is a great way to show your achievements and dedication to Bakersfield HOG on your vest.

MEMBER APPRECIATION
HOG has another way of showing our appreciation for our general members who are the backbone of Bakersfield HOG.  At each 50/50 drawing, we pull out $10 before the money is split between the winner and HOG.

This $10 is put in a fund and at each general meeting; we will announce a National HOG number.  If the member whose number is present at the meeting AND has both his/her current National HOG card and his/her current local membership card, he/she receives the money in the kitty.

If the winning member is not present, the money rolls over to the next general meeting where we’ll try to give it away again.  If the kitty is not claimed all year, we will split the money at the November General Meeting and present it to the general membership as an additional 50/50 drawing.

Our winning number is randomly selected each month.  Chapter Secretary Randy Coats sends our Director the most recent list of active HOG members.  Our Director then uses a computer generated random number generator and selects the winning number to be presented at the general meeting.

MORE MEMBER APPRECIATION
Another way of showing our members how much we appreciate them is by using the HOGLOG.  Each month, Editor Ralph Sanchez selects a number in the manner listed above and posts that number in the HOGLOG.  The number is not hidden but it is in a different location every month.

When a HOG member discovered his/her number in the HOGLOG, he/she must come to the next general meeting and during the brag session, brag about finding his/her number.  When this happens, that member will receive a $25 gift certificate to Bakersfield Harley-Davidson.

It’s that easy…nothing to do but locate your number in the HOGLOG.

These are just some of the ways we like to show our appreciation to our great HOG members who really make this organization what it is.  Of course, we always try to say “thank you” but sometimes a little extra goes a long way to let you all know how much we appreciate your help and support.

Ride safe and ride often…

DAVE FISHER
DIRECTOR